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What began for Chihuly as a means of expressing his ideas to the glassblowing team, evolved into a unique body of work that references the development of his glass series. Drawings vary from light and airy to bold and colorful. Chihuly works with acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, graphite – even fire – to create his expressive two-dimensional artworks.

The Drawings seen here are abstract representations of the artist’s series in glass, including Ikebana, Baskets, Venetians, and Niijima Floats. These works on paper were created in 2007-2009 when Chihuly painted extensively with metallic acrylic paints. The Drawings, displayed in an open grid, allow the viewer an unobstructed view of the artwork consistent with the artist’s aesthetic.

Drawing Wall (detail), 2010